In partnership with the NFL in the UK

Watch NFL live


NFL Fantasy: Five big name players you need to drop

Published Add your comment

Football News

With the NFL season now entering the halfway mark it is fair to say that much has changed since fantasy owners drafted prior to the start of week one.

Players that were seen as worthy of high draft picks have stumbled whilst others like DeMarco Murray, Steve Smith and Philip Rivers have wildly outperformed expectations.

With fantasy owners now having to make tough choices of who to drop and who to pick up, we thought we'd offer a helping hand by listing some of the most widely owned players who should really have no presence on a respecting fantasy owner's roster.

Cordarelle Patterson

Ownership Percentage - 87.2%

I'll admit to being a part of the Cordarelle Patterson hype train. This season looked like it was going to be Patterson's year. Norv Turner came in as the Vikings new offensive coordinator. Turner is one the NFL's most skilled coaches in getting the ball in space to playmakers. Furthermore, all the off season talk was about the plays Minnesota was installing to get the ball into Patterson's hands.

Related Articles

- Denver Broncos shock the NFL
- Peyton Manning gets angry
- New York Jets star makes it onto NFL list for the worst

For one reason or another though this hasn't happened. Certainly the loss of Adrian Peterson hasn't helped but more than that Patterson just hasn't developed in the way that everyone hoped he would. In his second season in the league it was hoped that his route running would become more polished - it simply hasn't. Patterson can't find space against NFL calibre corners. So far this season he has had just 37 targets and 19 receptions for a meagre 213 yards.

Despite, this Patterson is still owned in 87.2% of ESPN standard leagues. He shouldn't be. There are plenty of better options such as Bengal Mohammed Sanu who is owned in just 63.2% of leagues.

Doug Martin

Ownership Percentage - 97.6%

Perhaps the ultimate one season wonder - Doug Martin. Martin rushed for 1,454 yards in 2012. Last season that production decreased to 456 yards off six games as injury cut his season short. This season after four games Martin has only scrapped together 139 yards at an average of 2.9 yards per carry. Not to brag but I think I might be able to do better than that.

Despite all this Martin is owned in a jaw dropping 97.6% of ESPN leagues. Then final nail in the coffin will come when Bobby Rainey is officially made the number one RB for the Buccaneers. This moment cannot be far away and Rainey is only owned in 9.3% of leagues.

Toby Gerhart

Ownership Percentage– 82.8%

He's playing in a poor side behind a poor offensive line and he might not be fully fit but there is no disguising the fact that Gerhart has been awful. Theoretically, a big bruising back, the ex-Viking has spent the season tip-toeing up to the line of scrimmage, craning his neck over the offensive line looking for a gap and then promptly being introduced to the cold embrace of Mother Earth. He averages 2.6 yards per carry.

Somehow he is still owned in 82.8% of fantasy rosters. If you are completely desperate for a running back take a punt on his team mate Denard Robinson. Robinson is owned in just 9.2% of ESPN fantasy leagues.

Seahawks Defense

Ownership Percentage 98.9%

Prior to the season the Seahawks were the only defense that it was worth reaching for in the draft. After all, the reigning World Champions had a defense that was the stuff of offensive coordinator nightmares. The dismantling of Manning's Broncos in the Super Bowl was something truly special.

This season though, the Seahawks defense has just 26 fantasy points. It ranks 22nd out of all fantasy defenses in points scoring. To put this in perspective that is worse than the Cowboys defense. The Lions and Eagles defenses rank as the two best fantasy defenses and they are owned in 32.2% and 65.1% of ESPN fantasy leagues respectively.

Even the Colts defense ranks in the top five and it is only owned in 14% of leagues. Don't cut your nose off to spite your fantasy team - it's time to move on from the Seahawks defense.

Bishop Sankey

Ownership Percentage – 92.4%

Sankey was probably the most overhyped rookie in this year's fantasy draft. With Chris Johnson gone the thought would be that Sankey would become the featured back.

He was taken in second round and his competition was the likes of Shonn Greene and Jackie Battle.

It just hasn't happened for Sankey though. The Titans have faced unfavorable match-ups and he's done nothing and they have faced Washington and Jacksonville and again he has done nothing. Cutting your fourth or fifth round pick may hurt but really there is no reason to hold onto Sankey.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again